The Roll of Honour
Nationality:   New Zealander 
Rank:   Private
Regiment:   New Zealand Entrenching Battalion, N.Z.E.F.
Unit:   23rd Battalion
Age at Death:   23
Date of Death:   24 March 1918
Service Number:   52935
Cemetery Reference:   Enclosure No.2 III. E. 13.
View Thomas’ details on the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database

Thomas was born in 1895 in Wanganui, New Zealand to Robert and Harriet Benefield (nee Simons).  Robert and Harriet had emigrated from Kent, England sometime before 1887.

Thomas joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and embarked for Military service from Wellington on 14 July 1917 on board the SS Waitemata, sailing for Plymouth, England.

He was killed in action ‘in the field’ in France.


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